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The death of children associated with Covid-19 is very rare and occurs in less than 1% of cases, as the disease is usually moderate in that age group, according to a European investigation in which 82 health facilities participated.
According to a study published in the specialized journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, cited by France Presse (AFP), children from 3 years and young people up to 18 are included.
Research led by experts from Great Britain, Austria and Spain shows that of the nearly 600 children and young people under the age of 18 who were part of the study and who were infected with the new coronavirus, only a quarter had pre-existing medical complications.
Of the 582 patients who were part of this investigation and whose test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 was positive, only four children died, all over 10 years of age and two of them already had preexisting pathologies.
The study also shows that only 48 children, or 8% of the total, developed severe disease. More than 90 children (16%) did not develop any symptoms.
Researchers also assume that infant mortality may even be lower than that recorded in this study.
“Children in whom other viruses were detected in the respiratory tract, along with SARS-CoV-2, were more likely” to develop severe disease, meaning that “important implications” are coming next winter, explains one of the main researchers of this international study, Begoña Santiago Garcia, from the Gregório Marañon University Hospital in Madrid (Spain).
The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed nearly 484,000 lives and affected more than 9.5 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by French news agency AFP.
In Portugal, 1,549 people died out of the 40,415 confirmed as infected, according to the most recent bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and most deaths.